The weekend's almost here, so you have time to relax and check out a free game (or three) on your smartphone. Here are the highlights from the last week.
This is a hand-picked list of free apps we've noticed this week while assembling our regular App Deals roundup of new and discounted apps. We haven't reviewed them and we don't endorse them. As with the main App Deals column, apps can stop being free at a moment's notice if they're discounted, so grab them quickly if you're interested.
Knights of Valhalla MMORPG From the publisher's description: "1Forge presents the most addicting and competitive adventure game for Android. Collect powerful gear and destroy your foes!"
Nibblers From the publisher's description: "From the creators of ANGRY BIRDS comes a DELICIOUS NEW matching game with CUTE characters and FRESH and FRUITY puzzle gameplay. Meet the NIBBLERS – your fishy friends who only want to eat YUMMY fruit – ALL the yummy fruit! Om nom nom!"
Boom Boom Football From the publisher's description: "Build your team, plan your strategy, and hone your skills to lead your team to football glory!"
Survivors: The Quest From the publisher's description: "Three air passengers find themselves stranded on a secluded island after a plane crash. But soon they discover the island is not as isolated as it seems. Strange buildings, an old laptop and other findings suggest that the island was used for some sort of scientific research. But who was behind it? And what else is the island hiding?"
Order & Chaos 2: Redemption From the publisher's description: "Be reborn in the best and biggest mobile MMORPG! Travel the road to redemption in a completely new story in the open world of Order & Chaos. Join thousands of player heroes on a fantasy journey to complete exciting multiplayer quests and redeem yourself!"
Sky Whale From the publisher's description: "Bounce through the sky collecting donuts to keep your narwhal up in the air! Use clouds and crazy objects to bounce higher and farther. Insane combos will take your narwhal into outer space. And scuba gear will send him on an underwater adventure. Earn coins to unlock awesome items, blasting your narwhal farther than he’s ever gone before!"
Blackwell 1: Legacy From the publisher's description: "The first game in Wadjet Eye's Blackwell mystery adventure series. Rosa Blackwell's humdrum life is turned upside-down when she discovers she is a medium with the power to talk to the dead. With the aid of the wise-cracking Joey Mallone, the family spirit guide, she sets out on a quest to lay to rest the ghosts of New York City."
Ancient Legacy From the publisher's description: "Ancient Legacy is a table-top style RPG with rogue-like elements. You play as a hero who must explore a dark world while fighting monsters, building their base, solving quests, and collecting four Ancient Legacy to seal the evil god."
Monsters Panic From the publisher's description: "There is panic in the monsters castle, as funny monsters have noticed a dragon in the sky! The big monster has to jump over the small ones, but be careful! Don't push them down from the bridge."
Shadowmatic From the publisher's description: "Shadowmatic is an imagination-stirring puzzle where you rotate abstract objects in a spotlight to find recognizable silhouettes in projected shadows, relevant to the surrounding environment."
swiftSoccer From the publisher's description: "A great little football game that is packed full of features."
Kingdom Rush HD From the publisher's description: "Fight on forests, mountains and wastelands, customizing your defensive strategy with different tower upgrades and specializations! Rain fire upon your enemies, summon reinforcements, command your troops, recruit elven warriors and face legendary monsters on a quest to save the Kingdom from the forces of darkness!"
Tumble Bee HD From the publisher's description: "Although Tumble Bee really loves to fly, he isn't the best at it. He really needs your help to stay in the air. Try to keep him up for as long as you can by tapping him. Volleying him in the air scores points on each successful tap."
Pony Dash 2 From the publisher's description: "Whether you’re a huge pony fan, a brony, or just love great games, you’ll have a blast helping your favorite pony hop across a vibrant world!"
Grim Legends 2 From the publisher's description: "Embark on a dangerous quest through mysterious ruins and magical woods in the second chapter of Grim Legends series. Save the young queen from a mortal danger and change the faith of the entire kingdom!"
Bubble Pet Journey From the publisher's description: "A lovely and cute graphic game with many cute pet animal tiger, frog, cat, dog...etc..covered by bubble, look kute, kawaii !"
Basket+ From the publisher's description: "Basket+ is an addictive ball game, the fun part in this game is that you can throw different balls on different courts. Check out which ball and court suits you most."
Imperia Online: The Great People From the publisher's description: "Join thousands of players in an universe that never sleeps! Take control of your state and expand it into a mighty empire!"
Tiltagon From the publisher's description: "Tilt. Fall. Repeat. Tiltagon is a hard arcade game where you tilt and fall. Many times. Sometimes you also explode."
Dice Reloaded From the publisher's description: "Find equal dices and bring them together! A very simple but addictive game."
Mini Golf Club From the publisher's description: "Mini Golf Club is a realistic 3D mini golf simulator with fun gameplay and hundreds of challenging levels."
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